President Buhari backs El Rufai's plan to sack teachers

Henrietta Strickland
November 14, 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Monday defended the decision of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai to sack over 22, 000 teachers, who recently failed the competency test conducted by the state government.

More than 20,000 teachers in Nigeria are facing the sack after failing competency tests designed for children aged ten.

"It is a very very serious situation when teachers can not pass the exam they are supposed to teach the children to pass", Mr Buhari said.

"It underscores the urgent need for comprehensive national reform".

"And what El-Rufai is trying to do now is exactly what (the respected Nigerian) told me 10 years ago".

"It is hearthbreaking that, despite the promise to train these relieved teachers on entrepreneurship training to earn a living, yet agitations to scuttle the future of our generation yet unborn are still drumming by the enemies of Kaduna State".

Buhari said the effect of decay in the education sector is glaring, assuring that his administration is determined to change the situation for the better.

"Having been an orphan, I still feel that whatever I did in life so far was built by boarding school". Those days, teachers behave to students like their children. If you did well, they will tell you, you didn't, they wouldn't spare the rod.

He lamented the bad condition of the sector, with 13.2 million children out of school.

Also, the Director-General, Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Mohammed Lukman, canvassed support for the planned sack of the teachers.

However, the proposed mass sacking has sparked controversy with the Nigeria Labour Congress warning there could be a "mother of all protests" over it, Vanguard reports.

"We can disagree with the approach of the state government, but the way to go is not to politicise this matter". Most of the questions contained in the examination where those of primary four students, the state government said.

"It is unfortunate and disheartening that the state government is playing to the gallery of its detractors on this ill-advised action".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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